Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: October 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Love & Romance, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
A Regency romance with magical elements, featuring an eighteen-year-old heroine and a dashing young hero - and a case of mistaken identity.
After the Newington Emerald is stolen at the height of a conjured storm, eighteen-year-old Lady Truthful Newington goes to London to search for the magical heirloom of her house. But as no well-bred young lady can hunt the metropolis for a stolen jewel, she has to disguise herself as a man, and is soon caught up in a dangerous adventure where she must risk her life, her reputation.and her heart.
Balancing twin roles as a young lady coming out in her first season and as an intrepid young man up against an evil sorceress isn't easy, but Truthful has to manage it. Her father's life and even the fate of England may depend upon her recovering the Newington Emerald!
I was a bit wary going into NEWT’S EMERALD because I didn’t know what the story was going to give me. On the one hand Garth Nix is a well loved author by many people and NEWT’S EMERALD is a historical fantasy with my favourite trope (girl disguised as boy). But on the other hand I’d heard some not so great things from bloggers I trusted. Fortunately for me I ended up having a lot of fun with this book!
NEWT’S EMERALD had a lot of elements that I thought worked well together and enjoyed. It was incredibly easy to immerse myself in the world of my story repeatedly, and the plot was moving fast enough that I wanted to read at every opportunity and find out how the mystery would develop or what would go wrong next. I honestly wasn’t suspecting it to be as suspenseful as it was at times, there were actually a few moments that surprised me. The writing was also humorous in a way that appealed to the ridiculous side of my personality. I cackled at some of the lines in this books.
The only complaint I have is that in the last part of the book everything occurred incredibly quickly. And by everything I mean the romance and main mystery plot. I wouldn’t say it was rushed but it wrapped up a lot easier than I expected it to, and I honestly would have loved to see a massive magic show down, and more of the magic throughout the novel in general.
The romance it’s relatively slow burn (until that end section) and I really liked the couple. They bicker and banter and it’s marvellous. They’re both interesting characters in their own right. They just had one irritating issue that caused many problems in the book: COMMUNICATION
We’re lucky that sometimes this lack of communication made for humorous moments as well as frustrating times.
NEWT’S EMERALD was a nice short book and a blast to read, despite the small issues I had with a few plot elements and things. I recommend NEWT’S EMERALD to people looking for a nice, easy historical fantasy with a side of romance.